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Asheville-based studio potter Anja Bartels handcrafted this “Sailing Ship” teapot. Anja’s nautical surface designs are inspired by her love of the ocean and her childhood memories of growing up in a port city on the North Sea. This teapot is hand-painted with a dark underglaze which is scraped away (using a technique called sgraffito) to reveal the white color of the porcelain underneath.
About Anja Bartels
Originally from Hamburg, Germany, Anja discovered pottery making while living in an intentional community in Virginia. Passion ignited, she returned home to study in the German Ceramics Guild. After completing a three-year apprenticeship with a master potter, she received her journeyman ceramics degree from the German Chamber of Crafts and Trades. She is now an artist-in-residence at Odyssey ClayWorks in Asheville.
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